Archive for October, 2019


Posted on: October 3rd, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 3, 2019 – Roush Yates Engines announced today a multi-year partnership extension agreement with Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A.

Mitsubishi Materials will continue to be the official CNC tooling supplier of Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions.

Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. has long been an industry leader in the cutting tool industry. They have expanded and opened a brand new 33,000 sq. ft. world-class Machining Technology and Education Center (MTEC) in Mooresville, NC. With this facilities’ increased size and capabilities of training, customer process analysis, tooling evaluation, and complete process improvement analysis, MTEC is able to reach and assist more customers and machinists in the Machining Industry today.
“Mitsubishi Materials and MTEC is critical to the machining of our high-performance engine components as well as our diversity into other industries,” said Todd English, VP Strategic Partnerships and Marketing of Roush Yates Engines. “We have over 50 state-of-the-art CNC machines at Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions and we rely on Mitsubishi Materials products and expertise to help us reduce cycle time and tool wear while machining tight tolerances. In addition, their training facility is first class. Our machinists have been able to receive personalized training on new tooling, techniques, and leverage their collective knowledge when working on projects. We look forward to growing our partnership with Mitsubishi Materials and internal growth in order to meet the demands of the marketplace today and as well as innovating for the future.”
Since we have the capabilities to machine a vast variety of materials, from steel and aluminum to titanium and various composite materials, we rely heavily on Mitsubishi Materials’ premier cutting-tools. We leverage a large array of indexable and solid carbide cutting tools including; tuning, milling, drilling, and solid carbide endmills.
“Mike and his team at Mitsubishi Materials play an instrumental role at RYMS (Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions),” commented Mitch Miller, VP Manufacturing of Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions. “As we expanded into our 88,000 sq. ft. CNC facility, we were able to scale up production and flexibility for new projects being included from the aerospace and defense industries. We rely on Mitsubishi Materials to deliver world-class cutting tools to meet our needs and ensure that we are optimizing our machining processes. This is essential for our growth and sustainability in today’s business, where product, precision, quality, and delivery are critical.”
“To Mike and the entire team at Mitsubishi Materials, thank you for your continued support and shared passion for delivering the best products over the years,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We look forward to the next chapter of our partnership with Mitsubishi Materials and MTEC.”
“To Doug and the entire team at Roush Yates Engines we are grateful for such a great partnership and asset to our company especially since we opened our MTEC facility in Mooresville, NC,” noted Mike Pace, Executive Director – Marketing, Engineering, Business Development – Cutting Tools for Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. “We push each other to be first in class in our respective industry and we look forward to this partnership extension.”

About Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A.:

Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A., based in Mooresville, NC, was founded in 1984 with a charter to provide solutions in manufacturing process technologies to leading manufacturing companies in North America. We are a leader in technology, quality, product offering; having talented employees; and as a partner with leading manufacturers in diverse industries. Our success is embedded with the belief that a commitment to a professional business environment, team effort and talents from diverse cultural background formulate the unique organizational culture the company offers.

We focus on providing solutions in manufacturing process technologies. Our products are application-specific for customers’ processes. In-depth engineering and superior customer satisfaction are components of products we deliver to our customers. Our manufacturing plants are all ISO certified, TPM installed, and 5S implemented world-class operations. Mitsubishi Materials is committed to environmentally sound manufacturing operations. To learn more about Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. or MTEC visit and


Posted on: October 7th, 2019
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DOVER, DE – October 7, 2019 – Cole Custer was the golden winner at Dover International Speedway, winning on his 100th NASCAR Xfinity Series career start. The No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang won the Golden Miles Monster trophy on the 50th Anniversary of the Dover International Speedway.
“Congratulations Cole, Tony, Gene, and the No. 00 crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Our Ford Performance teams were fast in qualifying, going 1 through 3. Cole drove a great race and his team put him in position to capture the win. It’s great to see all three Ford Mustang drivers in the Playoff hunt and running strong.”
The weekend started off fast with the Ford Mustangs going 1, 2, 3 in qualifying. Chase Briscoe won his second career pole and marked the 130th NXS pole for Roush Yates Engines. Austin Cindric and Custer took P2 and P3 respectively.
The three Ford Mustangs led a manufacturer high, 131 laps out of the 200-lap race; led by Briscoe with 71, Custer 31 laps, and Austin Cindric with 29 laps.
With seven laps to go, Custer held off the field of playoff contenders on the late race restart and pulled away from Justin Allgaier to record his 9th career NXS win and 7th win in the 2019 season.

“I’ve wanted to win here so bad for so long,” Custer said. “I’ve been close a number of times but just to win the Gold Monster (trophy) is unbelievable.”

All Ford NXS drivers advance to the Round of 8. Custer is currently ranked P2 overall in the NXS Playoff Standings while Cindric is P4 and Briscoe P6.
In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Kevin Harvick finished P4 and Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer finished P10 in the Drydene 400 on Sunday.
As MENCS returns to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, the current Ford MENCS Playoff Driver Standings will be led by Harvick in P5 and Brad Keselowski in P6.

* Images courtesy of NASCAR Media


Posted on: October 14th, 2019
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BRASELTON, GA – October 14, 2019 – Austin Cindric and Seb Priaulx won the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season finale (GS class) at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. This dynamic duo, brought together by Multimatic Motorsports, drove the No. 15 Ford Mustang GT4 to victory lane with a stellar performance.
“Congratulations to Austin, Seb, and all the Ford Performance teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was great to see Austin and Seb win their first race for Ford to complete the 2019 season and see the Ford GTs run strong, to bring home the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup titles as this successful four-year program comes to an end. I’m so proud of these teams and the achievements they accomplished together including the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2017 & 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona to name a few. We have been blessed to provide the Ford EcoBoost and Ford 5.2L engines in partnership with Ford Performance for the 2016 – 2019 seasons for these elite program.”

The weekend started off strong with S. Priaulx, son of three-time World Touring Car Cup champion Andy Priaulx and co-driver of the Ford GT in the FIA World Endurance Cup Series, as he quickly adapted to the 2.54 mile track on Friday, recording a 1:26.808 qualifying lap to secure a front row start in the Fox Factory 120.

S. Priaulx started the first stint in the driver seat and handed the car over to Cindric to finish out the 2-hour race. With 25 minutes left in the race, Cindric passed for the lead and led the last 19 laps of the 67-lap race to build a 6.013 second lead before taking the checkered flag.

“I’ve had a lot of fun when Ford Performance brings over the NASCAR Xfinity guys and we get to do some of these races in the GT4 cars,” said Cindric. “Multimatic kind of kickstarted my career. It took off in a lot of different directions and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. I see the same thing with Seb. They believe in him and he’s done an awesome job.”

“Thanks to Austin, he did a great job to get the car home in first place,” added Priaulx. “It was a good race. We had good pace at the start, not to get the P1 spot but it was good enough to win the race today, so I’m really happy. Thanks to Multimatic and Ford Performance to give me a chance to race this car and with Austin.”

Ford Mustang teammates Chase Briscoe / Cole Custer finished P9 while James Pesek / Jade Buford finished P17 for PF Racing, and Nate Stacy / Kyle Marcelli finished P19 for KohR Motorsports.

In the final Ford GT race, of the four-year program, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (Ford CGR) earned one final podium for the Ford GT at Petit Le Mans. In an outstanding performance by both the No. 66 and No. 67, the Ford GTs led a combined 234 laps out of the 434-lap race but ran out of time chasing down the leader after a late race caution.
The No. 67 Ford GT trio of Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe, and Scott Dixon pushed hard for 10 hours and ran a strong race till the end but came up a bit short to finish P2 in the GTLM class.
“Although we would have liked to end it with a win, there’s no question our guys gave it all they had today,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance, Motorsports. “Both cars had great pace, and we battled to the very end. It was the nature of this team and this Ford GT program from the start – to find a way to be competitive no matter what. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved, including our great partners Ganassi, Multimatic, Roush Yates (Engines) and Michelin. We could not have had the success we had in this program without them.”
“It started at Ford Motor Company, and then to Ford Performance, and Chip Ganassi Racing, and Multimatic, and Roush Yates,” commented Hand. “People probably wouldn’t believe those five big entities, and just bad ass people, could come together like a family in just a few months and do what we did. It’s about the people and the relationships and we had strong relationships here between Dirk and I, Seb, and Westy, Ryan and Dixie. It was a fun ride and I will have great friends for life.”
To close out the season and program, Ford CGR claimed the driver, team, and manufacturer titles in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. This Cup is a special title which highlights the four endurance races on the IMSA 2019 schedule; The Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours of the Glen, and 10 Hours of Petit Le Mans.

During the four- year program, Ford CGR teams earned 19 wins and 48 podiums globally, in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.

*Pictures courtesy of Ford Performance


Posted on: October 15th, 2019
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LINCOLN, AL – October 15, 2019 – It was a photo finish for Ryan Blaney in his first Talladega win; taking Team Penske and Ford Performance back to Victory Lane at Talladega SuperSpeedway for the 29th time. Blaney is now the second driver locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 8. Ford Performance teams have won 8 out of the last 9 races at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
“Congratulations Ryan, Roger, and Team Penske,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Blaney and Newman put it all on the line during that last lap and left everything on the track. It’s a great day when you see both Ford Performance cars battling for the win and five different Ford teams finishing in the top-10. It demonstrates the level of determination and passion that these teams have to win. We are honored to design, develop, and build the FR9 Engines in partnership with Ford Performance.”

After the eighth caution, the race went back to green with the No. 12 Blaney and No. 10 Aric Almirola in the front row with 2 laps to go. On the final lap, Blaney surrendered the lead to Ryan Newman, who received a strong push to the front. Coming to the checkered flag, Blaney side-drafted, and with help from fellow Ford teammate Almirola, beat Newman to the finish line by a mere .007 seconds. This marked Blaney’s third career MENCS win and his first Talladega win.

“It means a ton,” commented Blaney. “I have been coming here ever since I was really young and watched my dad run here a lot and watched him run pretty good here a lot. I got to drive for the Wood Brothers here. It is a cool feeling. This new infield in this new victory lane. I love coming here and I love it even more now.”

Eight different Ford Mustang’s led the 1000 500 for a combined 125 laps of the 188-lap race; led by Blaney with a race high 35 laps and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with 32.
Six Ford Mustangs finished in the top-10 at Talladega; along with Blaney and Newman were Aric Almirola in P4, Michael McDowell P5, Corey LaJoie P7, and Stenhouse Jr. in P9.
With one race to go before the next Playoff cut, Blaney leads the Ford Playoff field with Kevin Harvick (+36), Brad Keselowski (+20), and Joey Logano (+18) currently above the cutoff line, while Clint Bowyer (-24) is currently below the cutoff line.
This weekend, MENCS heads to Kansas Speedway for the final race before the MENCS Playoff Round of 8 is set.

*Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media